Jonathan VanDyke at ABC

September 17 - 20, 2015

At art berlin contemporary Loock Galerie presents the New York-based Jonathan VanDyke with an installation linking painting and performance. For the specific site he has mounted a tall, freestanding wooden fence creating both an exhibition and social space.

On the outside of the fence a series of paintings are mounted. The marks on the surface of the canvas are made through a series of movements and choreographies created with the dancer-couple David Rafael Botana and Bradley Teal Ellis. These canvases are cut and sewn into vibrant patterns that refer to the early 20th-century Amish quilt and to Futurist and Cubist experiments. VanDyke´s paintings combine the strict geometry and labor of sewing of each piece of canvas with the messy, sexualized by-products of body movement and relationship.

A video inside of the fence shows the performers’ identities obscured by the play of pattern, color, and movement.

Jonathan VanDyke’s most recent performance work, "Movement for Monoliths", debuted this summer at Storm King Art Center in the U.S. A solo exhibition of VanDyke’s work will open at 1/9unosunove in Rome on September 30. His lecture-performance „Self Evidence“ will be presented by Tyler School of Art, Rome, and Martedi Critici on September 28.